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INDONESIA: Journalists hold protest rally over legislator’s harassment of reporters

Posted on Friday, August 20th, 2010

Indonesian journalists in Sumatra held protests over a legislator’s indecent behavior to a reporter on duty.


BURMA: Fourth journal suspended in six weeks

Posted on Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

The Modern Times journal this week became the fourth publication in six weeks to be suspended by Burmese state censors, according to a journal editor. The suspension followed the change of a title of an article about weather conditions on the cover of the journal’s fifth issue from the headline earlier approved by the junta’s [...]


THAILAND: Computer Crimes Act criticized

Posted on Monday, August 2nd, 2010

It has been three years since the enactment of Thailand’s controversial Computer Crime Act, a law that critics and experts say has had a troubling and detrimental impact on free expression in the country. The law was introduced in 2007 under the post-coup government of General Surayudh Chulanont. In that context it was immediately assailed [...]

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THAILAND: Government shuts down more community stations

Posted on Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Thai authorities, using the emergency decree, have recently shut down 26 more community radio stations in nine provinces, media reports said.   The Nation said six more stations were pressured to discontinue their operations. The English-language newspaper also reported that at least 35 people working for these stations, like radio hosts, station managers and executives, [...]

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SINGAPORE: Detained author of book on death penalty denied access to lawyer

Posted on Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

A human rights lawyer claimed on 19 July 2010 that the Singapore government is denying him access to his client, British author Alan Shadrake, who had been arrested over defamation charges, media reports said.   Agence France-Presse quoted lawyer M. Ravi as saying that Singapore authorities did not return his calls or answered his faxed [...]

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CAMBODIA: Authorities ban two books deemed critical of the government

Posted on Monday, July 19th, 2010

Two books which the Cambodian government claimed contained "unsuitable political content" were banned last week, even as the police purchased copies of the said books in bulk and warned the bookstores against selling them in the near future, media reports said. The "Phnom Penh Post" said Education Minister Im Sethy requested Information Minister Khieu Kanharith [...]


SINGAPORE: Government bans yet another film by director Martyn See

Posted on Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Another film by Singaporean filmmaker Martyn See was ordered banned by the city state effective 14 July 2010 because it was "deemed contrary to public interest." The Singapore government's Media Development Authority (MDA) also ordered See to take down all digital copies of the film uploaded on video website YouTube and See's own blog. According [...]

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INDONESIA: Journalist group warned Police not to "killed the messenger"

Posted on Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) wants the Indonesian Police Headquarters not to file criminal charges against Tempo magazine. AJI strongly suggests that the Indonesian Police Headquarters should instead pursue procedures stipulated in Press Law no 40/1999 – to exercise their Right to Reply or to file their complaint to the Press Council. "Criminalization against [...]

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INDONESIA: Molotov cocktails thrown at magazine's office

Posted on Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Two unidentified men riding tandem on a motorcycle hurled three molotov cocktails at the Tempo magazine office in Jakarta, Indonesia in the early morning of 6 July 2010, media reports said.   The Jakarta Post said two of the bombs exploded but the resulting fire was quickly extinguished. One of the magazine's security guards said [...]

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PHILIPPINES: Third journalist slain in a week

Posted on Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

A Mindanao-based publisher and editorial consultant was gunned down a few meters from his karaoke shop on 19 June 2010. It was the third killing in a week following the death of Desidario "Jessie" Camangyan on June 14 and Jovelito Agustin on June 16.     Nestor Bedolido, editorial consultant of the weekly "Kastigador" ("Castigator") [...]